#BuroBeautyDesk: The best serums, moisturisers and more to score this month
Love thy skin
Clé de Peau Beauté La Crème
The brand's iconic moisturiser gets a revamp once again and we're all for it. Fans of the La Crème can expect a new and improved formulation—more than 60 ingredients were incorporated in this cream, all carefully measured in precise amounts and concentration levels to ensure that the formula works potently.
What's inside: CeraFerment Extract (made from a type of yeast from Japan's Akita Prefecture) that improves skin's regenerative properties.
Our thoughts: "Rich, but doesn't leave a greasy feeling. Perfect for all skin types and serves as a luxurious treat for any skincare ritual. Also how beautiful is the faceted, metallic gold design?" – Loh Wei Yeen, Deputy Editor
Available at all Clé de Peau Beauté counters and Pavilion KL store
Dermalogica Phyto-Nature Firming Serum
What's inside: This serum has a lot to make up for its price tag, and we're living for it. Peptides to firm the skin, plant-derived bio-extracts to tighten it, Amazonian Camu Camu for radiance, next-gen hyaluronic acid for a "filler effect", Moroccan rockrose extract for antioxidants and Madagascar green coffee beans to revitalise the skin.
Our thoughts: "A little goes a long way with this unique bi-phase serum. The texture is slightly richer than my usual—perfect for night time. I appreciate that it doesn't have a strong fragrance (more of a herbal scent) and I did notice how it made my skin glow and kept it well-hydrated after a few weeks of application." – Loh Wei Yeen, Deputy Editor
RM698, available at AsterSpring outlets and Dermalogica kiosks
Philosophy Renewed Hope In A Jar Water Cream
What's inside: 20% hydra glow complex made of enhanced hyaluronic acid, Norwegian glacier water and pineapple extract
Our thoughts: "This is perfect for anyone with combo skin/looking for a moisturiser that doubles up as a primer and doesn't leave their skin feeling overly greasy at the end of the day. The unconventional "soufflé" texture is very similar to a richer version of gel cream, and there's a slight cooling sensation upon application. Disclaimer: leave this one out of your list if you prefer fragrance-free moisturisers." – Loh Wei Yeen, Deputy Editor
RM165, available at Sephora
Eve Lom Rescue Mask
Need to de-stress your skin real quick? Add this multi-action mask into your weekly routine to rewind the effects of late nights, jet-lag and sodium-induced puffiness. It also helps to calm redness, irritation, and puffy eyes while leaving your skin ultra smooth to the touch.
What's inside: Camphor, almond and honey-infused Kaolin clay to deep cleanse and clear pores while absorbing excess oil
RM285 for 100ml, available at Kens Apothecary stores
Three Balancing Cleansing Oil
What's inside: 100% naturally-derived ingredients, including an oil-soluble carrot root extract that moisturises skin and calms it. This cleansing oil is also certified organic by COSMOS.
Our thoughts: "Apart from its cruelty-free, organic, and natural stamp, this cleansing oil definitely packs a punch if you're looking to one-up your cleansing ritual. Its botanical scent is almost therapeutic, and it removes makeup and grime easily without leaving a film on the face. Tip: just don't use it around your eye area as it may sting your eyes." – Stephanie Boey, Fashion Writer
RM185, available at all Three stores and counters
Dr Babor Brightening Intense Daily Bright Serum
Want an at-home brightening solution that can give you results in a month or less? German-based professional skincare brand Dr Babor's latest Brightening Intense programme might just be up your alley. We took the Daily Bright Serum from this range (that includes a four-week ampoule treatment, mask and SPF cream) to the test.
What's inside: Brightening actives and complex that helps with a slew of skin concerns, from hyperpigmentation to improving skin clarity and elasticity.
Our thoughts: "Gotta love a serum that 1) actually works, 2) absorbs rapidly into the skin, and 3) is pretty lightweight. Try this to really see an improved radiance and refined texture—my freckles are now a shade lighter after two months and this isn't even me trying to shrink away from the sun." – Loh Wei Yeen, Deputy Editor
Available at select salons nationwide
Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Moisturiser
What's inside: A "multi-action Super Lotus" that's extracted from a whole living lotus flower to help with boosting radiance and skin's barrier, star fruit leaf extract to smoothen skin texture.
Our thoughts: "I found this incredibly effective for a shot of hydration—especially right after a peeling session that I went for. I had sporadic dry patches right after the facial so this really helped with restoring moisture, but I would only use it on areas that are less sensitive/oily. Great for anyone with dry skin." – Loh Wei Yeen, Deputy Editor
RM250, available at Sephora